KCM’s Fall Movie Preview: The 10 Best Films Coming Out Soon

Best movies to see this fall

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Grab the popcorn and get ready for these big (or small) screen blockbusters!

The world’s had a wild ride in 2021 thus far, so we could all use a little escapism. And if you’ve already run through the feel-good movies on Netflix or gobbled up every episode of the best shows nominated for Emmys this year, you’re probably looking for something new. Lucky for us, there’s a slew of great movies coming up in the next few months to freshen up our watch lists.

Whether you’re looking for something to screen with the family, a rousing musical, a juicy biopic, or a horror flick scary enough to make you sleep with the lights on, we’ve got you covered with some of the most-anticipated releases scheduled for this fall. No matter your favorite genre, at least a couple of these titles will be the perfect opportunity to get back to the theater (with a mask and, hopefully, a vaccine) for some show-stopping fun.

10 Best New Movies Coming Out This Fall

Candyman (in theaters Aug. 27)

If you attended a sleepover in the 1990s, there’s a good chance you and your friends scared each other silly by standing in front of a mirror and repeating “Candyman” five times. That’s how characters summoned the terrifying, hook-handed spirit in the 1992 film of the same name, and now the Candyman is back to frighten a whole new generation with a 2021 update. The movie promises not just terror, but also social commentary: It takes place in the same neighborhood as the original, which has since been transformed by gentrification, setting up a tale that director Nia Dacosta says exists at “the intersection of white violence and black pain.” If you need more convincing, it’s produced and co-written by modern horror master Jordan Peele.

Cinderella (on Amazon Prime Video Sept. 3)

Get the family together for this lush take on the classic fairy tale. It’s worth checking out for the incredible costumes and sweeping sets alone, but there’s so much more to anticipate. Camila Cabello stars as the titular princess alongside a supporting cast that includes Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Billy Porter, and Pierce Brosnan. And music lovers are in for a treat: in addition to original tracks, the film will also feature covers of some of the greatest pop songs of all time, from artists like Janet Jackson, Madonna, and Beyoncé.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (in theaters Sept. 17)

Jessica Chastain spent four hours a day in makeup to become the spitting image of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who built a religious empire in the ‘70s and ‘80s with her husband, Jim, only to be rocked by scandal as their opulent lifestyle imploded. This biographical drama charts their rise and fall with incredible style, recreating unforgettable moments that gripped the country’s attention. Case in point: Tammy Faye’s revolutionary-for-its-time interview with a gay Christian minister at the height of the AIDS epidemic, which became an influential part of the evolving dialogue about religion and sexuality in America.

Dear Evan Hansen (in theaters Sept. 24)

The show that took Broadway by storm is headed for the big screen. Ben Platt reprises his role as Evan, a high school student with social anxiety who gets an assignment from his therapist that unexpectedly turns his life and his community upside down. After earning rave reviews and a Tony Award for his star-making turn in the titular role, we can’t wait to see what Platt does in the film version — or hear him sing the incredible songs that made the stage musical such a big hit. With an all-star ensemble that also includes Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Sternberg, Julianne Moore, and Amy Adams, there’s no reason to doubt this will be a total crowd-pleaser. 

Halloween Kills (in theaters Oct. 17)

It’s one of the most iconic horror movie series in history, but Halloween has a bit of a checkered past. The original completely changed the game in 1978, but in the decades that followed, disappointing sequels couldn’t live up to the ingenuity and suspense of the film that started it all. Then, in 2018, the franchise wiped the slate clean with a new installment (also titled Halloween) that erased everything from those subsequent movies and brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, who’s consumed with PTSD from her experiences with the evil Michael Myers and finds herself in his sights yet again. Halloween Kills picks up exactly where the explosive last movie ended, guaranteeing that audiences are in for another wild ride.

Dune (in theaters and on HBO Max Oct. 22)

Timothée Chalamet turns action hero in this adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel. He stars as Paul Atreides, a young man who must travel to the universe’s most dangerous planet in search of a rare resource that unlocks the true power of the human mind. Helmed by visionary director Denis Villeneuve and also starring Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Mamoa, and Javier Bardem, this epic will undoubtedly deliver stunning visuals, heart-stopping thrills, and a journey unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Last Night in Soho (in theaters Oct. 29)

Nothing is what it seems in this intriguing psychological thriller from director Edgar Wright. A young woman obsessed with fashion is mysteriously transported to the gorgeous tableau of 1960s London, where she encounters her idol, a magnetic singer played by The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy. From there, things get all kinds of twisty. Come for the sumptuous scenery of the past, stay for the eerie happenings that hide behind the beauty.

Eternals (in theaters Nov. 5)

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an immortal alien race called the Eternals must reunite after 7,000 years to protect humankind in this certain blockbuster, which is shaping up to be a whole new kind of Marvel movie. That’s because of its director, Academy Award winner Chloé Zhao. How will the quiet, delicate, painterly style she showcased in the impeccable Nomadland translate to a big-budget superhero story? We’re all incredibly eager to find out, but if the trailer is any indication, we’re in for a rousing treat. 

King Richard (in theaters Nov. 19)

This biopic tells the childhood story of two future tennis pros named Venus and Serena, but it’s really about their father, Richard Williams, and his quest to raise daughters who would become legends. Played by Will Smith, Richard is a dedicated and devoted dad who’s also keenly aware of how his family’s race affects the way others evaluate their capacity for success. Perfect for a father-daughter movie night, this story about family and pursuing greatness is sure to inspire — and get you pretty hyped up, too.

House of Gucci (in theaters Nov. 24)

Lady Gaga meets Gucci in what promises to be the most fabulous movie of the year, hands down. It’s a tale of family, luxury, and murder, surrounded by stunning ‘90s fashion and thick Italian accents. Gaga plays real-life character Patrizia Reggiani, dubbed the “Black Widow” by the press for hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci. It’s her first movie role since her incredible work in the 2018 remake of A Star is Born, and she’s surrounded by a stacked supporting cast of fellow A-listers, including Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino. The movie comes out the day before Thanksgiving, so if Turkey Day gets you feeling frustrated with your own relatives, this is the perfect escape into the extravagant lives of a family unlike any other.